Archive for September 13th, 2011



Direct payments to landlords


Housing associations should stop arguing against the impact of direct benefit payments to tenants and instead focus their efforts on getting tenants back to work, according to the Policy Exchange.


Speaking yesterday at the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) annual conference, Matt Oakley, Head of Enterprise, Growth and Social Policy at the Policy Exchange said one of the ways to achieve this would be engaging with the Government’s Work Programme, which has seen “a lack of engagement with the housing sector”.


Whist Matt is correct there is a time bomb waiting to explode because the challenge with direct payments to landlords will leave tenants in control of the finances of their landlords. This is likely to create ongoing challenges for landlord tenant relations.


Eyullahemaye Miller

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Many benefits are to be paid less frequently, in a move ministers say will better prepare jobless claimants for the world of work.



Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith wants the new Universal Credit to be delivered monthly, replacing mainly fortnightly payments.

The change is part of a raft of extra detail about the implementation of a major shake-up of the system which is being unveiled as the House of Lords starts to examine the legislation.

At the centre of the legislation is the creation of a new Universal Credit to replace the current complex range of existing payments such as child tax credit, housing benefit and income support. The Universal Credit also imposes tougher sanctions on people who refuse work and replaces the Disability Living Allowance with a new Personal Independence Payment.

The Children’s Society warned recently that a planned cap on the total benefits households can claim could make more than 80,000 children homeless and push many thousands more into poverty.

That came after evidence emerged of concern at a very senior level within the Department of Communities and Local Government that the move risked making 40,000 families homeless.

The Government says the aim of the Welfare Reform Bill is to “make work pay” and clamp down hard on benefit cheats – a cause Prime Minister David Cameron has personally championed.


Universal Credit history



Eyullahemaye Henry

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